When the weather warms up, plan to take in the beauty at one of these member-recommended Michigan restaurants with a view (in no particular order).

1Bentwood Tavern

New Buffalo

This gem of a restaurant is located in the Marina Grand Resort. There is scenic outside dining with great service and a great selection of delicious food and drinks. The atmosphere is light and airy, and you can feel a good energy. 

Jeff Dorr, Presque Isle 

bentwoodtavern.com

2Stafford’s Pier Restaurant

Harbor Springs

Dining during the summertime can be either inside or out on the terrace overlooking the municipal marina. Once a week, the Harbor Springs Concert Band plays on the lawn nearby to add to your dining experience. Stafford trains their staff well, and it shows!

Mary Ennis, Great Lakes Energy

staffordspier.com

3Harbor Lights Grille

Carp Lake

It’s like stepping back in time. They have wonderful food for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and amazing homemade desserts. There is a beautiful lakeside view. The staff is very attentive and friendly. 

Rebecca Rhea, Great Lakes Energy

harborlightsgrilleonthelake.com

4Knot Just A Bar

Omena

There are breathtaking views of the bay whether you’re on the beautiful deck or inside. They offer a great drink and food selection
with fresh flavors.

Judy Skowronski, Cherryland

knotjustabar.com

5Clifford Lake Inn

Stanton

They have amazing food, and their desserts are delicious! The views of Clifford Lake from the deck are gorgeous, especially during sunset. It has a relaxed vibe, and they are very friendly. Sometimes floatplanes will land or take off from the water, which is a treat to see!

Jenna Irani, HomeWorks Tri-County

cliffordlakeinn.net

6Palette Bistro

Petoskey

This has a spectacular view of the bay, especially at sunset. Make sure you get a window seat to take in the unforgettable lake action while enjoying an exciting, eclectic menu. A customer favorite, the Forest Floor Soup, teeming with delectable mushrooms, never disappoints! The servers are knowledgeable and are always on point. Treat yourself to a relaxing meal overlooking Petoskey’s jewel.

Mary Ennis, Great Lakes Energy

palettebistropetoskey.com

7Blue Lake Tavern

Mecosta

This amazing place is a historic log cabin
and sits above the lake. The view never fails and the food, service and atmosphere are
all A+. I take people there during all Michigan seasons. 

Lonna Bear, HomeWorks Tri-County

8Barrel Back Restaurant

Walloon Lake

There’s delicious food and a great atmosphere, and it overlooks Walloon Lake. On nice days, they open the huge garage-style doors for open air dining and incredible views!

Marlene Clark, Great Lakes Energy

barrel-back.com


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